The Minnesota Vikings suffered an unlucky blow lower than two weeks into coaching camp. Throughout Friday’s apply, third-year receiver Olabisi Johnson went down with a torn ACL, based on NFL Community’s Tom Pelissero. Johnson was anticipated to compete with rookie Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Chad Beebe for the Vikings’ No. 3 receiver alongside Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson.
A seventh-round decide within the 2019 draft, Johnson caught 45 passes for 483 yards and three touchdowns throughout his first two seasons in Minnesota. A contributor on each offense in addition to on particular groups, Johnson has 9 profession begins that together with three in 2020. In his closing begin (a 28-27 win over the Panthers in Week 12), Johnson caught every of his seven targets for a career-best 74 yards.
Softening the blow of Johnson’s harm is the Vikings’ current signing of former Jaguars receiver Dede Wesbrook. A fourth-round decide within the 2017 draft, Westbrook is 9 months faraway from struggling an ACL tear that prematurely ended his 2020 season. The 6-foot, 178-pound Westbrook caught 160 of 254 targets for 1,720 yards and 9 touchdowns in 40 regular-season video games with Jacksonville. Through the 2018 and ’19 seasons, he caught a mixed 132 passes for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns.
Minnesota completed 14th within the NFL In passing in 2020. Veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins threw for 4,265 yards with 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Thielen led the Vikings with a career-high 14 landing receptions. Jefferson, who earned Professional Bowl honors throughout his first professional season, eclipsed Randy Moss’ 22-year-old franchise file for receiving yards by a rookie.